Current facilities and areas of historical significance

Carlyle Cemetery was established in 1865 on 6 acres of Crown Land. The cemetery is located on Distillery Road amongst the picturesque farming and vineyard landscape of Wahgunyah. 

The cemetery features monumental sections (closed to new burials), a lawn section and two niche walls. 

Click through the list below to learn more about the cemetery.


Lawn Section

In 1984 the Rutherglen Lions Club put forward a proposal to establish a Lawn Cemetery with the first interment taking place on 26 August 1992. This portion of the cemetery is non-denominational and is utilised for the majority of interments. The Law section currently consists of 3 beams with a total of 344 interments with 30 spaces. 

Headstones and flowers in the lawn section of Carlyle cemetery



Monumental Section

The Monumental Section refers to the original sections of the cemetery which is divided into the following compartments:
  • Church of England
  • Presbyterian
  • Roman Catholic
  • Wesleyan

These sections of the cemetery are still in use but only by those people who have previously purchased plots. 

Two cemetery monuments, each inside an ornate iron fence


Columbarium Wall: First Wall

The Rutherglen Lions Club in partnership with the Rutherglen Council erected a columbarium wall and this was first used in March 1981. This wall is still in use but only by those who have previously reserved a niche. 

Columbarium Wall showing some plaques with flowers.


Columbarium Wall: Second Wall

 In late 2013 Indigo Shire Council, with the support of the Rutherglen Cemetery Foundation, erected a second niche wall. There are currently 21 interments and reserved niches in this wall, with another 59 spaces.

Columbarium Wall, cream with brick pillars


Jewish Section

This section of the cemetery is closed to further burials.  There are only six recorded Jewish burials at Carlyle Cemetery.   

Leaning headstone inside an iron fence with a green marker in the foreground

Chinese Section

There were two burning towers erected in 1897 of which one original remains. In the 1970s, the other was re-erected by the Rutherglen Lions Club. Forty known Chinese are buried alongside these towers from 1881 to 1928. The existing memorial stones are footstones, not headstones.

Two burning towers at the edge of the chinese section of the cemetery


Monument to Chinese Burials

 In 2019 a monument to the Chinese people buried in the cemetery was donated and installed by the Victorian Chinese Memorial Foundation. This memorial displays the names of all known Chinese buried.

Dark grey monument inscribed in gold lettering commemorating Australian Chinese ancestors



Built in 1903 by George Ashton the rotunda is of octagonal shape with a diameter of 20 feet and was first refurbished under the supervision of the Rutherglen Lions Club in the mid-2000s. The Rotunda was repainted at the time of the installation of the Victory Cross unveiling on Remembrance Day 2018 with grant funding acquired by the Indigo Shire Council. 

Cream rotunda with green roof

Victory Cross, Plaque and Flag Pole

Erected in 2018 for the 100-year anniversary of Armistice by the Returned Serviceman League Rutherglen Sub Branch.

Victory cross monument at Carlyle Cemetery with rotunda in the background

Lone Pine

Donated by the Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of Victoria Crematoria to commemorate the Centenary of Gallipoli and the First World War, a Lone Pine Tree was gifted along with a small bronze plaque to the Carlyle Cemetery in 2015 and planted in October 2018.

Young Lone Pine tree supported by 2 stakes with brass plaque beside.


Burial Records

Historic records at Carlyle Cemetery can be inconsistent or incomplete. Often multiple sources have to be reviewed to determine accurate records. For this reason, we do not make burial records available online. 

If you are interested in accessing burial records, please contact or call 1300 365 003. 



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